By the year 2100, you may be able to see more rainbows than you did at the beginning of the century.

That’s thanks to climate change, which is warming the atmosphere and resulting in more rain and cloud cover.

“Human things to do these kinds of as burning fossil fuels are warming the atmosphere, which modifications patterns and amounts of rainfall and cloud go over,” study study author Kimberly Carlson said in a statement.

By the year 2100, the average area on Earth will have 5% more rainbow days than it had at the beginning of the century, says the study, which analysed data from more than 1.000 places in the world.

North latitudes and at extreme high altitudes will see the biggest increase in rainbow volumes, while places that get less in precipitation as a result of climate change, such as the Mediterranean, will lose days.

Rainbows are formed when water drops break the sunlight.

“Living in Hawai’i, I felt grateful that stunning, ephemeral rainbows were a part of my daily life,” Carlson says.

(This rainbow was born in the desert.)

Climate change

In common usage, climate change describes global warming—the ongoing increase in global average temperature—and its impacts on Earth’s climate system. (wikipedia)


Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbor life. While large volumes of water can be found throughout the Solar System, (wikipedia)

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